Raymond Harry Hetrick
Captain, United States Air Force
Name: RAYMOND HARRY HETRICK
Date of Birth: 9/11/1936
Date of Casualty: 2/24/1966
Home of Record: BROOKVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
Branch of Service: AIR FORCE
Casualty Country: LAOS
Casualty Province: LZ
HETRICK, RAYMOND HARRY
DATE RETURNED: 2001/07/10
REMAINS ID DATE: 2004/03/26
Name: Raymond Harry Hetrick
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01
September 1990 from one or more
The Douglas A1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly maneuverable, propeller driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft. The A1 was first used by the Air Force in its Tactical Air Command to equip the first Air Commando Group engaged in counterinsurgency operations in South Vietnam.
Captain Raymond H. Hetrick was the pilot of an A1E aircraft and assigned to the 1st Air Commando Squadron. On February 24, 1966, he was assigned a bombing mission which took him over Savannakhet Province, Laos.
During the mission, Hetrick's aircraft was struck by enemy fire, crashed and exploded on impact. Other pilots in the flight reported that Hetrick was killed in action. His aircraft went down about five miles south of the city of Sepone.
The Air Force believes Raymond Hetrick did
not survive. He is listed among the missing because his remains were never
found. He is among nearly 600 Americans who were lost in Laos. Since the
U.S. did not recognize the communist government faction which captured
and held Americans in Laos, no negotiations were conducted to secure their
freedom. Consequently, not a single American held by the Lao was ever released.
Posted: 2 July 2004